Master of Science in Systems Engineering

In the design of today’s complex products and systems, too much is at stake not to approach product and system development in a systematic manner. Commercial and government contractor companies simply cannot afford design processes that do not provide for detailed analysis of the requirements, requirements traceability, detailed documentation, modern design synthesis techniques and a thorough validation that the design meets specifications. In addition, designers and managers must observe accepted quality assurance standards and employ appropriate project management techniques to ensure that budget, schedule and quality requirements are met. All of these skills may eventually be obtained by years of experience on the job, but today’s companies cannot afford to wait! The answer is systems engineering education. The Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) program has been designed to meet industry needs for systems engineering skills.


  • Plan, manage and participate in the complete SE life-cycle process and sub-processes from commercial industry and government contractor perspectives
  • Select and apply modern SE tools, including operations research, system modeling/simulation/test methods, synthesis techniques, process control and system
  • Define the role and scope of SE and its interface with the related areas of project management, operations, logistics, performance, test, manufacturing, training and support, reliability/maintainability, quality assurance and disposal
  • Select and apply appropriate industry/government standards, models, metrics and documentation standards incorporated in SE practice
  • Apply oral and written communications skills essential to the SE process

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making


PM610Project Planning, Execution and Closure


PM620Schedule and Cost Control Techniques


SCM620Impact on Design & Production


SE600Systems Engineering I


SE610Systems Engineering II


SE612Quantitative Analysis for Systems


SE620System Dynamics, Modeling, and Simulation


SE630Systems Acquisition Processes and Standards


Total Credit Hours:36

Courses: Electives

ELE Select 12 hours of electives from CS/CE/IT/EE 600-level


Total Credit Hours: 48

Preparatory Requirements

The CTU Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree program is designed to provide technical depth in engineering topics that require a solid foundation in advanced mathematics (including calculus, differential equations, Laplace and Fourier transforms, probability, and linear algebra), engineering and physics. Students who possess this background but need to refresh their mathematics/systems skills are highly encouraged to take MATH500 and SE500. Electives in CS may require additional background in undergraduate computer science topics. CS500, Foundations in Computer Science, and knowledge of a current programming language may be required to ensure an adequate foundation. These courses may be skipped with sufficient undergraduate preparation or life experience. Electives in EE or CE may require a background in undergraduate electrical or computer engineering. Students from a non-engineering undergraduate background should consult with an Engineering Chair or Dean to design an undergraduate foundation engineering program in preparation for this degree.


  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)

Area of Study

  • Engineering & Computer Science